Jim Croce, Keeping it Real

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While taking care of some insurance matters and other non-fun stuff this afternoon, I’ve had my old school iPod docked and shuffling. Some of the songs come and go without me taking much notice, but others catch my attention. Just now, one that I haven’t heard since I don’t know when caught my attention in a big way.

My awareness peaked when I heard, Jim Croce’s voice sing, “Though all the streets are crowded…”

Jim Croce

Here are all the lyric’s from New York’s Not My Home. 

Well things were spinning around me, and all my thoughts were cloudy, and I had begun to doubt all things that were me

Been in so many places, you know I’ve run so many races, and looked into the empty faces of the people of the night, and something is just not right, ’cause I know

That I gotta’ get out of here, I’m so alone, don’t you know that I gotta’ get out of here, ’cause New York’s not my home.

Though all the streets are crowded, there’s something strange about it, I lived there ’bout a year and I never once felt at home

I thought I’d make the big time, I learned a lot of lessons awful quick, and now I’m telling you, that they were not the nice kind, and it’s been so long since I’ve felt fine, that’s the reason

That I gotta’ get out of here, I’m so alone, don’t you know that I gotta’ get out of here, ’cause New York’s not my home.

My response: Ouch.

Listen to Jim Croce, “New York’s Not My Home” from his Greatest Hits Album.

Child’s Play

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SisterFriend visited me last week and it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, we had a blast! I won’t recount the hours of gallivanting around the city, the magnificent food and drink or the countless times we laughed. I would, however, like to share a story of arts and crafts.

My son K gave me an adult coloring book for Christmas, along with an impressive colored pencil set. I’ve enjoyed it and raved about it so much that SisterFriend decided she wanted one, too. We made it our mission to find one for her, which we did, along with watercolor pencils and markers. Thursday night, we reverted to one of our shared childhood activities; we sat at the dining table and colored our hearts out. We. Were. In. Heaven.

I decided to tap into my childhood by doing something I hadn’t done in years. K also gave me a sketch notebook (which I used for the flower pictured in Embracing a (Lack of) Talent). I was ready to go outside the lines. Because I never felt confident enough to draw anything, but I loved to color, I used to draw a random squiggly and then color in the sections. It’s actually similar to this work by Jackson Pollock, except lacking any forethought or actual artistic talent, and, of course, not nearly as good.

Jackson Pollock, “The Key” (1946)

Once I finished my masterpiece, I turned it this way and that to see what I could make of it. It took no time at all for me to see it, and SisterFriend agreed. A happy, little, multi-colored elephant! Do you see it?

elephant

Hm, I wonder how the psychiatrists would analyze that? Well, if they determine that I’m a nutcase, at least I’m in good company with SisterFriend.

10 Signs That You Might Be a Writer

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You may have a job or hobby that has nothing to do with writing, but still be meant for writing. Some things are in our blood, whether we know it or not. After thinking about my own slow journey to calling myself a writer, I’ve identified a few indicators that I missed along the way, from childhood to adulthood.

Here are some things to consider.

1) You might be a writer if, as a child, your favorite make-believe play involved being a teacher, an office worker, or anything else that involved using a pen, pencil, marker or chalk.

2) You might be a writer if your favorite stores to browse are stationary, office supply or book stores, and not tire of it for hours.

3) You might be a writer if, while performing a task oriented job (chopping veggies, vacuuming), you have entire conversations with yourself in your head…or aloud (I won’t tell if you don’t).

4) You might be a writer if you own enough pens, pencils, notebooks and journals to fill the supply cabinet of a 20 employee office.

5) You might be a writer if it’s easier to toss a favorite old sweater/t-shirt than an old notebook filled with just one page of your thoughts/ideas.

6) You might be a writer if you always have a pen in your purse/pocket, along with a small Moleskine or other notebook.

7) You might be a writer if you don’t bore easily because it’s incredibly easy to get lost in your own imagination.

8) You might be a writer if you find comfort in simply holding a notebook and favorite pen in your lap.

9) You might be a writer if you still write and send snail mail and pick up your own mail in hopes of receiving the same.

10) You might be a writer if you had a strong desire to read this list.

 

The Truth of It

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As promised, here are the answers to the Tyna Trivia questions from my last post. I sure hope no one lost sleep over it this weekend! (Do you see the sarcasm dripping from your screen?) The quick answer, only the first and last of the 10 questions were false. Here’s the lowdown in a nutshell.

1) When Tyna was a child, she was afraid of clowns. Never, not even as a young adult while reading Stephen King’s, “IT.”

2) Tyna taught herself to juggle when she was in college. I had seen a short ‘how to’ article in a magazine and decided it would be a cool thing to learn. The next day, I bought myself a can of tennis balls and, whenever I watched TV, I would practice. Within a week or so, I was able to keep all three balls in the air for about 5 minutes. I’ll bet you could learn, too, if you’re patient.

3) Tyna was born with a club foot. Yes, and it was corrected when I was a baby. I had a cast at 6 months of age, then wore braces on my feet at night until I was about 2 years old. Whatever they did, it worked. I have no lingering side effects (although some of my friends might say I trip a lot…you know who you are.)

4) Tyna saw Dan Fogelberg in concert 8 times, but failed to ever meet him. This is sadly true. He was my favorite singer/songwriter and I was lucky enough to see him in concert often, but never did meet him. Gone too soon but never forgotten. Thank goodness, his music lives on.

5) At age 11, Tyna rode a Yamaha in a mini-bike race against several boys. It was the early ’70s and the women’s movement was in full swing. I sped around the quarter-mile dirt track with those boys, pig tails flowing from the bottom of my helmet. I didn’t win the race, didn’t even come close, but I did cross the finish line ahead before one of those boys. He feigned engine trouble to save face. 

6) In Tyna’s humble opinion, “The ‘Burbs” is Tom Hanks’ most underrated movie. Duh! It costarred Bruce Dern and Henry Gibson. Need I say more?

7) Tyna was 33 years old, married and the mother of 2 sons before it struck her that she was an adult. One day I was doing laundry, MOTH was out of town on business, B was at school and K was playing in the family room. I reached for the detergent and suddenly, it hit me like a ton of bricks. As strange as it sounds, it took me by complete surprise. 

8) Tyna fell butt first into a mud puddle within 5 minutes of being announced homecoming queen. It was traditional at my high school to announce the king and queen on the night before the dance, at the bonfire rally. It had rained all day. Shortly after the announcement was made, I was making my way over to the bonfire, came upon a big mud puddle and tried to jump over it. Epic fail. (Do you the see a pattern? My struggles with being ladylike started at a very early age. Come to think of it, maybe I should blame the club foot.)

9) Coconut – Yuck. Double yuck…unless, of course, it’s on a Samoas Girl Scout cookie, in which case its yuckiness is transformed into yumminess.

10) Tyna has a really good, “OH MY GOD, THERE’S A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE!” story. Nope. I do, however, have a fantastic, “OH MY GOD, THERE’S A BAT IN THE HOUSE!” story. You just might read about it on this blog some day, but, honestly, I’m not sure it will translate well without the aid of my arms flailing about.

I promise not to put you through this nonsense anytime again soon, but in the meantime, thank you for playing this edition of, “I Must Really Be Bored.”

Tyna Trivia

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Today I got the crazy idea that some of you may want to know me better. I’m completely aware of my delusions, but I ask that you humor me, as I can’t think of anything else to write about today. How about we make a trivia game of it? I’ll list 10 fact or fiction sentences, you will read each of them and shout out, “True!” or “False!” Just promise me that you won’t shout too loudly if you happen to be in a library, church or funeral home while you play. I have horrible visions, such as:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son…”

“FALSE!”

You get the picture. Use your best judgment and try not to get carried away in your excitement.

You will anxiously await your test results, or not, until Monday, at which time I will give a short, behind the scenes insight to each statement. Here we go!

1) When Tyna was a child, she was afraid of clowns.

2) Tyna taught herself to juggle when she was in college.

3) Tyna was born with a club foot.

4) Tyna saw Dan Fogelberg in concert 8 times, but failed to ever meet him.

5) At age 11, Tyna rode a Yamaha in a mini-bike race against several boys.

6) In Tyna’s humble opinion, The ‘Burbs is Tom Hanks’ most underrated movie.

7) Tyna was 33 years old, married and the mother of 2 sons before it struck her that she was an adult.

8) Tyna fell butt first into a mud puddle within 5 minutes of being announced homecoming queen.

9) Coconut – Yuck.

10) Tyna has a really good, “OH MY GOD, THERE’S A SNAKE IN THE HOUSE!” story.

All righty then. That’s me in a nut shell…or, is it? Stay tuned…

 

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